Sunday, July 18, 2010
Clouds over Midway are some of the most beautiful I've seen anywhere. Which blue do you like the best in the picture on the left?!
In the right-hand picture above, notice the blue on the underside of the cloud, right above the naupaka bushes. Sometimes Hawaiian sailing-canoe navigators are far out at sea, and can't see any land. But, if they see a cloud with blue on it, they know it's reflecting the color of shallow water. That tells them there's an island underneath the cloud!
One day while I was working in the volunteer office, Greg came running inside and said, "Hurry up! Come outside! There's a sun dog up in the sky!" WHAT?!
Of course I dropped what I was doing and followed him outdoors. There was no dog hanging in the air. But looking a bit to the side of the Sun* we saw what is truly called a "sun dog." There, in the sky above us, was a faint, circular rainbow around the Sun. It's caused by sunlight passing through ice crystals in cirrus clouds high in the atmosphere.
Now that's a strange cloud!
[*By the way, NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN! You'll damage the lining of your eyes, which is where you see!!]